"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
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The volume explores the relationship between linguistic universals and
language variation. Its contributions identify the recurrent patterns and
principles behind the complex spectrum of observable variation. The volume
bridges the gap between cross-linguistic variation, regional variation,
diachronic variation, contact-induced variation as well as socially conditioned
variation. Moreover, it addresses fundamental methodological and theoretical
issues of variation research.
The volume brings together internationally renowned specialists of their fields
while, at the same time, offering a platform for gifted and highly talented
young researchers. The authors come from different theoretical backgrounds
and through their work illustrate a rich array of scientific methods. All authors
share a strong belief in empirically founded theoretical work.
The contributions span a high number of languages and dialects from many
parts of the world. They are extremely broad in their empirical coverage
addressing an impressive selection of grammatical domains.